The Recovery Process – One Month After Surgery – 5 Week Checkup

After 5 weeks, we finally have another checkup. It was about time because our dog has been very lively the past couple of weeks – trying to run anytime we let her out to go to the bathroom, standing in her pen all day whining at us – but nonetheless, she is in very good spirits, despite being trapped in a 4×6 foot cell all day long for the past 5 weeks. Our checkup this week was with the doctor that actually did the surgery – he’s only in the office once per month, he’s a world renowned veterinarian who travels to clinics all over the country performing surgeries – we got lucky enough to have an appointment with him open up a month ago, only a couple days after our dog had originally injured herself. He apparently flies in once per month, to perform checkups, and 2 scheduled surgeries.

Today’s checkup went very well, Roxy was very happy to get out of the house, and the doc informed us that she is doing well. We unfortunately have to put her back on sedatives because she is getting a little bit to hyper now that she is feeling better (though she has been this way for nearly 2-3 weeks now… since we ran out of the original set of sedatives). In addition to the sedatives, we also got a glucosamine supplement that we’ve got to give to her 3 times per day. The glucosamine tablets are meant to help the arthritis and stiffness in her injured knee, and is also meant to help prevent the onset of arthritis in her other knee (due to overuse from staying off of the injured leg).

Overall, the checkup went well – the only bad news is that we’ve got to keep her in her crate for another month, until May 7th. Apparently the reason for this is to make sure that the injured knee joint has enough time to make a full recovery and “tighten” up completely.

5 thoughts on “The Recovery Process – One Month After Surgery – 5 Week Checkup”

  1. God bless you for loving your dog and sharing your story! We have a Flat Coat that is having the same surgery in a week at VA Tech’s Vet Hospital and will probably require sedatives too as she is super active. She always ran everywhere. We worried about keeping her inactive and sedated. She ruptured her ligament jumping of a high porch (no need to use the steps) to chase squirrels. It has been hard on her beagle campanion as they used to spend hours running the woods. I hope your dog is still doing well.

  2. Our dog is doing great! It’s been about 8 months since the surgery now. We took her back for checkups for the first 2 or 3 months, but they kept saying that she had other things wrong with her, and they told us to keep her in a crate that entire time. Both my wife and I are athletes so we became very worried about muscle atrophy and eventually just stopped going to back to the vet. We slowly began exercising her. Initially just in and around the house, but now she’s doing great! Back to doing 2 mile walks with us, and when we let her off the lease she runs on it just fine. Occasionally she’ll favor it, but just hopping, but only after we’ve gone on a long walk the previous day. She’s doing great now and seems very happy… the surgery and the 3 months in a crate didn’t change her attitude or demeanor at all.

    Good luck with your dog!

  3. My father in law’s dog is undergoing the same surgery today. His vet told him that the dog will never be the same and will never be able to play things like tug of war again. This seems very extreme to me. It is the same surgery you are talking about and the dog is only three years old. He is really upset and sad. I’m not sure if my mother in law (she is the one who talked to vet) got confused by all the information. Do you have any information I can pass their way so they have some hope that their active border collie will be back to her usual self eventually?


  4. I have a 7 year old shepard mix with a torn cruciate ligament and considering surgery. It’s not the surgery that bothers me but the recovery. Sounds very intense, painful, and confining. My dog has never been in a cage except when she was a pound puppy. Is it worth it? I’ve been through it with my son, football player who tore both acls. The recovery was the worst. I could use comments for support.

  5. My dog just had his ruptured ACL surgically repaired the other day. He has been a very active dog and I am just sick about the recovery period. The vet said he should be completely recovered at 12 weeks. Does this seem to be the average time for them to be back to normal?

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